We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Juli Jackson, writer/director and producer of 45 RPM. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb.8 at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
45RPM is a road movie with heart and a killer soundtrack. Follow Charlie & Louie as they search for an elusive 45 record and find much more.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
As a first time director, I learned a great deal about what I could and should delegate but also what I need to handle myself. The best part has been hearing audience reactions during screenings and afterwards hearing reasons they connect to the story. Knowing that my film had an effect, even briefly, on someone has been an amazing revelation and encourages me to do even more with the next film.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I have a BFA in Film and Digital Video from UArts in Philadelphia. I lived in LA for awhile, working camera department on shorts, indies, documentaries and commercials. I was DP for 2 indie features shot in Philadelphia before moving back to my hometown. There I had the chance to write my first feature (45RPM) and get it off the ground by working with the growing film industry in Arkansas.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
45RPM is a film of many mediums. Music acts as the backdrop for story. There are over 40 songs, both modern and vintage garage rock, on the soundtrack. They are all incredible work from Arkansas-based musicians and include some original recordings just for the film. Artist Mandy Maxwell made an entire body of artwork to serve as the efforts of the main character. Charlie’s created style gave rise to the hand-drawn and hand-painted animation that helps give insight to her character. All these elements work together to move the story and create the world of 45RPM.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
We are so happy to be playing festivals and are working on self-distribution and the release of a soundtrack. I am working on a short film I hope to shoot in 2014 and also writing my next feature film.